No remote French immersion for ADSB students this fall

Low enrollment, staffing for reason given by school board; parents must decide on remote English learning for children by August 24

The Algoma District School Board is reminding parents to enroll their children in remote learning soon for the 2022-2023 school year if that is the educational option parents want for their children.

Parents must complete a distance learning application form before 12 p.m., Wednesday, August 24.

“Due to limited enrollment and staffing demands, the virtual school will be an English program, however, French immersion students will be supported in the transition to immersion when returning to in-person learning and will have access to core French during the virtual program,” the ADSB said in its message to parents.

This applies to students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

At the secondary level, the board says “due to limited enrollment and staffing demands, the secondary program will be an English language program, however, French Immersion courses will be accessible through eLearning and TVO ILC, through the ‘ADSB’.

At the elementary and secondary levels, parents who choose remote learning must commit to remote learning for the school year, with only one option to return to in-person learning, which is in early February 2023.

There will be no blended learning model in 2022-23.

Most, if not all, remote elementary classes will be combined years — such as Grades 4 and 5 together, or split, such as Years 1 through 3 — due to the low enrollment expected for remote learning. distance.

The Distance Secondary Program will provide access to a variety of e-learning courses through the Ontario e-Learning Consortium and limited synchronous course offerings, depending on enrollment.

The remote learning conditions come as the board expects a near-full return to classroom learning for ADSB students in 2022-23.

“Over the past year, we have been thrilled to see over 98% of our students return to in-person learning. We encourage in-person learning as the best way to maximize learning and social development, but recognize that this is a decision based on family circumstances,” the board said while adhering to the rules of the Ministry of Education requiring school boards to offer distance learning. for one more year.

The council says it is maintaining protective measures for pupils returning to school, such as encouraging hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette – which includes covering the nose and mouth. mouth when sneezing or coughing, proper disposal of tissues and use of a mask if necessary – enhanced cleaning and additional disinfection and ventilation measures.

The ADSB says further information on student access to learning during COVID-related absences will be available at the end of August.

Norma A. Roth